More fun facts about AWS usage, this time from Cloudyn

Last week it was RightScale, now it’s Cloudyn eager to share its new data about how real customers use Amazon(s amzn) Web Services.

According to a survey by Cloudyn and The Big Data Group of 450 Cloudyn customers — who all use AWS — here are the main takeaways:

  • Amazon’s EC2 constitutes nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of total AWS spending.
  • More than half of those EC2 users now deploy Reserved Instances as part of their deployment.
  • On-demand pricing remains the number one choice for most users — it sucks up 71 percent of all their EC2 spending.
  • The S3 Simple Storage Service is still the most popular storage option, although Glacier, the cheaper archival storage choice, is gaining momentum.
  • The largest constituency among the Cloudyn/AWS users are those who spend less than $50,000 a year on AWS, but they account for just 4 percent of total AWS spending.
  • Just 4 percent of the customers spend more than $1 million a year on AWS, accounting for 52 percent of total spending.
  • Customers who spend less than $50K per year make up the largest group of AWS users, yet account for only 4 percent of total spend.


Cloudyn is one of a half dozen or so startups that have made tracking, monitoring and managing AWS infrastructure their business. Competitors include Cloudability, Newvem and RightScale. And all of them are eager to prove that they can save their customers the most money by guiding their AWS deployment choices. Of course AWS itself is not standing still, building more granular monitoring and management options — including Trusted Advisor —  over time.